Professor Fiona Yap is Interim Director at the Crawford School of Public Policy. Her main research interests are in policy and political economy in East and Southeast Asia.
This week, 101 students will graduate from the Crawford School of Public Policy and enter into the next phase of their lives.
Our graduating class will include 84 Crawford graduate studies students, nine National Security College students and eight PhD scholars.
While they will be graduating in absentia, Crawford will commemorate this important occasion with a virtual event on Thursday 15 July.
Crawford School Interim Director Professor Fiona Yap said she was proud of the graduates and thanked them for their contributions to the School.
“Thank you for everything you’ve contributed during your studies. It’s been a privilege to have you as part of our School,” she said.
“While things may not have gone entirely to plan recently, know that we’re all so proud of what you’ve been able to achieve.”
Professor Yap commended graduates on completing their studies during what has been another difficult and disruptive year in which a “sense of normality has remained elusive.”
“While we all miss some of the comforts of the pre-COVID world, in many ways a return to the status quo is no longer an option,” Professor Yap said. “We have to change.”
“That you have been able to persevere with your studies over the last 18 months is testament to your ability to adapt, your determination, and your dedication.”
“While what graduates have learnt in the classroom and through their research will stand them in great stead, it’s these qualities that are going to be so important in dealing with, and creating, that change.”
Academic prize winners will be announced as a key part of the celebrations at the virtual graduation event on Thursday.
Please contact the School’s Communication and Engagement Team if you would like further information about the online event at firstname.lastname@example.org.